Relativistic Nonlinear Optics

Donald P Umstadter, Scott Sepke, Shouyuan Chen

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Abstract

The physics and applications of a new field of optics, involving the nonlinear interactions of ultra-intense light with matter, are discussed. They are characterized by many familiar nonlinear optical effects, such as self-focusing and harmonic generation, but based on a mechanism that became accessible experimentally only relatively recently, namely, the nonlinear motion of unbound electrons oscillating relativistically in strong electromagnetic fields. These phenomena form the basis of a new generation of compact and ultrashort-duration particle accelerators and X-ray light sources, with applications ranging from nuclear fusion to cancer therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
EditorsP.R. Berman, C.C. Lin
Pages331-389
Number of pages59
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

Publication series

NameAdvances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume52
ISSN (Print)1049-250X

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Nonlinear optics
nonlinear optics
particle accelerators
self focusing
Harmonic generation
nuclear fusion
Electromagnetic fields
Particle accelerators
Light sources
therapy
Optics
harmonic generations
light sources
electromagnetic fields
Fusion reactions
Physics
cancer
optics
X rays
physics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Umstadter, D. P., Sepke, S., & Chen, S. (2005). Relativistic Nonlinear Optics. In P. R. Berman, & C. C. Lin (Eds.), Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (pp. 331-389). (Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Vol. 52). https://doi.org/10.1016/S1049-250X(05)52007-X

Relativistic Nonlinear Optics. / Umstadter, Donald P; Sepke, Scott; Chen, Shouyuan.

Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. ed. / P.R. Berman; C.C. Lin. 2005. p. 331-389 (Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Vol. 52).

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Umstadter, DP, Sepke, S & Chen, S 2005, Relativistic Nonlinear Optics. in PR Berman & CC Lin (eds), Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, vol. 52, pp. 331-389. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1049-250X(05)52007-X
Umstadter DP, Sepke S, Chen S. Relativistic Nonlinear Optics. In Berman PR, Lin CC, editors, Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. 2005. p. 331-389. (Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics). https://doi.org/10.1016/S1049-250X(05)52007-X
Umstadter, Donald P ; Sepke, Scott ; Chen, Shouyuan. / Relativistic Nonlinear Optics. Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. editor / P.R. Berman ; C.C. Lin. 2005. pp. 331-389 (Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics).
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